“There’s a homicidal maniac loose somewhere in the vast honeycomb of London — a man with a weakness for pretty girls.”
A showgirl (Lucille Ball) is hired by a detective (Charles Coburn) at Scotland Yard to track down a mysterious serial killer who solicits beautiful girls through personal ads. Thankfully, she’s shadowed by a helpful assistant (George Zucco) as she navigates a frightful encounter with a mad designer (Boris Karloff), is hired as a maid by a man (Joseph Calleia) whose leering butler (Alan Mowbray) makes continuous advances at her, then falls in love with a suave dancehall owner (George Sanders) whose faithful business partner (Cedric Hardwicke) remains calm and collected at all times.
- Boris Karloff Films
- Charles Coburn Films
- Detectives and Private Eyes
- Douglas Sirk Films
- George Sanders Films
- Lucille Ball Films
- Serial Killers
- Strong Females
- Undercover Cops and Agents
Douglas Sirk directed this quirky, atmospheric whodunit starring pre-I Love Lucy Lucille Ball (in her 73rd film!) as a plucky dancer willing to put her life at risk to help catch a murderer — and hired surprisingly quickly by Scotland Yard to do so.
Perhaps due to Ball’s irrepressible penchant for comedic delivery, I found the film’s tone a bit uneven — and the rat-a-tat roster of characters coming and going (wait, was that Boris Karloff on-screen for just 10 minutes?!):
…makes it a tad challenging to keep up with what’s what and who’s who. However, some may find this unusual film to their liking; as described by TCM’s reviewer Jay Carr:
Lured is a delicious plum pudding of a cult movie dating from before the term was used to describe that tangy sector of pop culture heaven, or, for that matter, before pop culture entered the lexicon.
Meanwhile, William Daniels’ cinematography is consistently engaging, as are Ball’s gowns.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
No; you can skip this one unless you’re a Ball fan, or curious.